Allan expressed frustration with the government’s response to protests, particularly the one in Thembisa this week, and scepticism with the assertion by some government officials that it was politically orchestrated.
“Municipal IQ has recorded eight major protests in Ekurhuleni over the past year, including four in Thembisa, but all spheres of government seem to have been taken by surprise by the violence of the last protest. Surely government would anticipate that if the community of Thembisa were ignored in the first three protests, the fourth would be an escalation and have a number of negative outcomes.”
A coherent strategy by all spheres of government was needed to deal proactively with community frustration in protest-prone communities, he said.
Municipal IQ’s hotspots monitor databases protests by communities over issues that are the responsibility or perceived responsibility of local government, such as councillor accountability, the quality and pace of basic service delivery, and in metro areas, housing.
Not included are issues falling outside local government’s service delivery mandate, such as demarcation, industrial relations disputes or clear party political issues, including candidate lists.